You’ve been waiting all of your life, up ‘til this moment, for this. It is finally going to happen! The schnoz you inherited from Grandpa Luke is going to be turned into a tidy, more-proportionate version – that you, personally, helped design.
The imaging software shows how wonderful your new nose will look. Your best friend held your hand through all of the prep; and will be waiting for you after the surgery. You aren’t a millionaire; but, you saved for five years, and feel you chose the best surgeon (for the money). Now, it is time. When you wake up; you will be the recipient of a brand new nose.
You’re just dying to see how it will look; and can barely contain your excitement until the day the bruising and swelling subside, and your new nose will be revealed. When the day arrives; it’s like Christmas, when you were little. You get no sleep the night before and it’s all you can think of. The bandages come off and you look in the mirror…
NOOOOOOOOOO, it doesn’t look anything like you thought it would…and what’s that weird bump? This is not what you signed up for. Your old nose wasn’t great; but it was free! THIS nose is horrid; and you just spent $4500 on it. Now what?
First, remember that most people are happy with their plastic surgery. But, surgeries are not always perfect – and not everyone knows how to find a reputable surgeon. Careful choice of a reputable, board-certified plastic surgeon is absolutely critical. And, researching their area(s) of expertise is a very important consideration, as well. What went wrong, here? It could be a myriad of things – but, let’s say that this surgeon is amazing at lip, cheek and chin implants. Does that mean they are amazing at rhinoplasty? Not necessarily.
Here’s another hypothetical: The doctor offers to fix it. Do you take another chance?
The answer to that is not cut-and-dried. If it is a small error that can be fixed with a little in-office procedure, that is your call. But, the best plan is probably to seek out the best Revision Plastic Surgeon you can find.
There are surgeons whose specialty is ‘revision’ – meaning, they fix other surgeon’s mistakes. A highly-qualified, experienced revision plastic surgeon can usually fix you up better-than-new. Their specialty is in careful training of how to best utilize the bone and tissue that is there – and in being able to figure out how to take you from “what is, to what ought to be” with great skill and creativity. In fact, in the event that the first surgeon removed too much skin or tissue (such as the example of Michael and LaToya Jackson) – the right revision surgeon also knows how to add in materials, and construct the exact angles to make you look even better than you thought you would, when you had the first procedure.
It is our sincere hope that everyone uses a board-certified expert in the particular surgery they choose. But, for those who found our blog as a result of needing revision, we say – “Don’t worry. This time… take your time; don’t be afraid to research, seek referrals and ask questions. We have the technology…we can make [it] better than it was before.” Best of Luck!